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This finger-mounted camera turns any book into an audiobook

News from imaging resource: by Gannon Burgett posted Friday, March 13, 2015 at 1:42 PM EDT Camera technology goes far beyond taking beautiful images. One such example is FingerReader, a finger-mounted device developed by researchers at MIT’s Media Lab that enables the blind to read without the need for Braille. Currently a prototype, the device relies on a small camera, dedicated sensors, character recognition software and complicated algorithms to read allowed words that are printed on a page or displayed on a digital reading device, such as a Kindle. In speaking to >>> Read the full article Related News: News from South China Morning Post (subscription): The Girl in the Red Coatby Kate Hamer(read by Antonia Beamish)Whole Story(audiobook) There are now many novels with the word “girl” in the title, and the late Stieg Larsson is partly to blame. … Read entire article »

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Turn Any Kid’s Book Into an Audio Book

News from Re/code: Reading to children — even from infancy — is good for them, according to studies. But there’s something in it for us grownups, too. We get to glimpse a slow grin spreading across pudgy cheeks as a child anticipates yet another “I do not like green eggs and ham!” refrain. We get to watch a hyper toddler pause in mid-block-tower destruction to calmly sit and listen. We get to use our best bear, duck and lion voices and become kids again, ourselves. It should come as no surprise that technology companies keep trying to barge into the magical moment of reading aloud to a child. I’ve been testing Sparkup, one of the newer book-related gadgets, while reading with my almost-1-year-old son. He’s a little young for this, and Sparkup doesn’t replace … Read entire article »

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Audio books: Memoir, novel provide insight into diverse cultures

News from The Providence Journal: Two recent books, a memoir and a novel, offer fine prisms through which to look at life in our increasingly diverse nation. “My Accidental Jihad: A Love Story,” by Krista Bremer, read by Xe Sands. Unabridged, 6½ hours. HighBridge Audio, $ 29.95. If you’re a typical American, you probably think of a jihad in the Merriam-Webster main-definition sense: “a holy war waged on behalf of Islam.” If you know a little more about the religion, though, you might think of the word’s deeper, less pejorative meaning: “a personal struggle in devotion to Islam.” It’s in this sense that Bremer, once a California surfer, now a writer and publisher in North Carolina, writes “My Accidental Jihad,” the story of her own journey toward Islam after she met and married a … Read entire article »

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AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: A look into a possible future

News from Sarasota Herald-Tribune: One of my all-time favorite books is David Mitchell’s “Cloud Atlas,” in which multiple stories across time and space interlock to create a single, tremendous narrative. Echoes of that can be found in Chang-Rae Lee’s new book, “On Such a Full Sea,” where the multiple stories are tied together through the character of a single 16-year-old girl named Fan. Set perhaps a couple of hundred years in the future, “On Such a Full Sea” chronicles life on the Eastern Seaboard of the former United States, now called the Association, which has been literally stratified into three distinct classes. An ecological disaster has caused the great economies to collapse, and what’s left in North America are the Charters, walled villages of the remnants of the upper class; service communities carved … Read entire article »

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AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Looking into the lives of five friends in small-town America

News from Sarasota Herald-Tribune: It’s hard to listen to “Shotgun Lovesongs,” Nickolas Butler’s debut novel, and not think of rock stars with Midwestern roots like John Mellencamp or, as is evidently the case here, Bon Iver. One of five main characters in “Shotgun Lovesongs” is a megawatt star who goes by the single moniker Corvus as he tours the globe, but at home in Little Wing, Wis., is just Leland or Lee. His circle of childhood friends includes Henry, the farmer still tilling the family acreage; Kip, who made millions on the commodities exchange in Chicago and has come home to Little Wing to revitalize the small town by turning its derelict mill into a hub of business and culture; Ronny, a former rodeo star whose drunken fall one night has left … Read entire article »

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Podiobooks.com Joins Aha to Stream Free Audio Books Directly Into Cars

News from Businessweek: Redirect Notice  The previous page is sending you to http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/news/article.asp?docKey=600-201211011000BIZWIRE_USPRX____BW5591-1 .  If you do not want to visit that page, you can >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Liliputing: There are a lot of interesting things you can do with little computers that cost just $ 35. While you probably wouldn’t think of turning a $ 350 desktop or laptop computer into a single-purpose machine, there’s not much to lose by converting a computer that costs one tenth the price into a device that does one thing and does it well. Michael Clemens used a Raspberry Pi as the basis of a device that reads audiobooks out loud at the push of a button. That’s all it does (unless you count pressing the button again to pause audio playback … Read entire article »

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Podiobooks.com Joins Aha to Stream Free Audio Books Directly Into Cars

News from DailyFinance: Podiobooks.com Joins Aha to Stream Free Audio Books Directly Into Cars Hundreds of Fascinating Audio Books Are Now Available to Drivers On Demand via the Aha App PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Aha by HARMAN and Podiobooks.com today announced a partnership that streams audio boo……………. continues on DailyFinance >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Special Audio/Visual Digital Edition … – ComicsAlliance: Oct 31st 2012 By: Andy Khouri Craig Yoe is the venerable author, designer and comics archeologist behind such works as Dan DeCarlo’s Jetta, Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-creator Joe Shuster, and Bob Powell’s Terror: The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics. Many of Yoe’s works are released by IDW Publishing under the Yoe Books imprint, and their newest venture will be of great interest not … Read entire article »

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Audiobook Leader Tantor Media Launches Into Print & E-Book Publishing

News from Sacramento Bee: NEW YORK, Sept. 13, 2012 – /PRNewswire/ – Tantor Media (www.Tantor.com), one of the nation’s largest independent audiobook publishers, is venturing into the realm of printed books. The 12-year-old publisher – after releasing 2,700 audiobooks — is launching its new print line this fall with a combination of fiction and nonfiction. Tantor will service consumers and authors by publishing in all formats: print, ebook, and audiobook, to all markets — capitalizing on the emerging marketplace for new content delivery methods. CEO Kevin Colebank believes that expansion in an industry that is going through many dynamic changes is a good strategic move. “We now will provide a complete selection of content options for today’s consumer: audiobooks, ebooks, and print. We are looking to publish books that have been our strength … Read entire article »

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Marvel’s “Civil War” Prose Novel Adapted Into Audiobook

News from Comic Book Resources: Redirect Notice  The previous page is sending you to http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article .  If you do not want to visit that page, you can return to the previous page. ……………. continues on Comic Book Resources >>> Read the full article Related News: News from Salon: This is the second installment of our new weekly audiobook column, The Listener. Every Thursday, Laura Miller or another top critic will recommend a great new title. The Listener is sponsored by Audible. Dave Eggers’ “A Hologram for the King” is one of those books that is particularly well-suited for an audiobook adaptation. Eggers writes in short, punchy sections. He has long since put aside the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink sentences of “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” in favor of a stripped-down and accessible lyricism that is … Read entire article »

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Pastor’s book made into audiobook

News from Adrian Daily Telegram: Clark Cothern has three published books to his name, and one has been adapted to an audiobook. In January, Cothern, a former Adrian pastor who is now the senior pastor of the Living Water Community Church in Washtenaw County, recorded “At the Heart of Every Great Father,” the first of three books he has written. The audiobook is now available at www.audible.com and at Amazon.com and iTunes. “A professor at Spring Arbor College found out I was an author and suggested I look into recording the book,” Cothern said. “He asked if I would like to read at a monthly meeting of faculty and staff. We talked about it afterward.” Paul Patton, who chairs the communications department at Spring Arbor, suggested Cothern meet with one of his students, Haley Taylor, … Read entire article »

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